1st Edition

Teacher Education in the Trump Era and Beyond
Preparing New Teachers in a Contentious Political Climate

ISBN 9780367663766
Published September 30, 2020 by Routledge
148 Pages

USD $48.95

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Book Description

This book aims to start the conversation about how the consequences of the historic 2016 election can be addressed in the teacher education classroom. Taking as its starting point the Trump administration’s dramatic influence on education, educational policy, the culture in schools, and the safety of children, contributors demonstrate how teacher educators across the United States are adapting their curriculum. The chapters represent a variety of aspects of teacher support and preparation, and address practices such as rejecting xenophobia, developing critical thinking, and responding to children’s emotional lives. The issues addressed in this volume are a continuation of conflicts and challenges with which educators have long grappled, and the contributors’ insights will be valuable under a range of future political circumstances.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Teaching and Teacher Education in the Trump Era and Beyond: Preparing New Teachers in a Contentious Political Environment, by Laura Baecher, Megan Blumenreich, Shira Eve Epstein, and Julie R. Horwitz

Chapter 1: Taking the Long View: Cultivating Historical Thinking in Elementary Teacher Education, by Elizabeth Currin and Stephanie Schroeder

Chapter 2: Becoming Strong Enough to Hold Their Stories: Emotionally Responsive Educator Preparation, by Wendi S. Williams and Lesley Koplow

Chapter 3: Willful Ignorance and the Death Knell of Critical Thought, by Daniel Ian Rubin

Chapter 4: Problematizing Silence, Practicing Dissent: Engaging Preservice Teachers in a Critique of the Current Political Times, by Katherine Crawford-Garrett, Rebecca Sanchez, and Richard Meyer

Chapter 5: Learning from Undocumented Students: Testimonios for Strategies to Support and Resist, by Tatyana Kleyn, Daniela Alulema, Farah Khalifa, and Arieli Morales Romero

Chapter 6: How the Election of Donald Trump Matters for Civic Education – A Look at a Global Civics Project, by Shira Eve Epstein

Chapter 7: Navigating Through a Perfect Storm, by Gerri August and Julie R. Horwitz


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Laura Baecher is Associate Professor of TESOL at Hunter College, (City University of New York), USA.

Megan Blumenreich is Professor of Childhood Education at the City College of New York (City University of New York), USA.

Shira Eve Epstein is Associate Professor of Social Studies Education at the City College of New York (City University of New York), USA.

Julie R. Horwitz is Interim Co-Dean of the School of Education and Human Development at Rhode Island College, USA.